The news stamps are available for purchase!

It's so exciting when you are waiting for the new stamps to be released and when you hear they are available for purchase. This gal called "LA SOIREE" is one of the many that I am in love with.

Happy Birthday
This card is where I discovered  how much little bits of vellum can be a really good thing. I stamped the paisley background on some vellum and embossesd with white powder. I flipped the vellum over and stamped it again with the ballons and the shopping bag. You can find a better description of the technique here.

The new Mix and Match papers from Penny Black were used for this card. I really love working with the vibrant colors and they really are easy to "mix & match" them. You can buy them here . I will be back Monday so stay tuned. Will you be watching the Oscars? I know I will...enjoy!  Kathy

I thought I would share SOME  of my favorites. I really get such joy working with these stamps! 

SUPPLIES for the card:


Paint the town - 50th Birthday Card

Hello Friends, I have a super quick post today for you. I made this card for a special friend who just recently turned 50. In April a group of us will go to Vegas to celebrate! You can see why I thought this Cityscape stamp would be perfect.
Paint the town
I love to divide the cityscape image up into three sections. On this particular card I put part of the image on the other side of the street. (I used Black Soot distress ink for the street) Here is another card that I designed with the cityscape. The heart is embossed on white paper with clear embossing powder then distressed with some blue distress inks. The tree's oval is cut from my oval Nestablilities.

Paint the town

The distress inks I used for the background are listed below. I used a dauber for the rising "sun" behind the buildings. This marker is a must to create thin brick lines and some accents on the windows . Add a nice blob of Glossy Accents on the windows and I promise you will love the look. The sentiment on the front of the card I printed from my computer. The inside sentiments are wonderful  SRM stickers.

Paint the town
What are you plans for the weekend? I hope you have sunny sky's and sweet breezes.  Hugs,Kathy



Coffee and Cream Challenge

Hello Friends, How are you all? I love Wednesdays cause it's the middle of the week and it's a new Simon Says Stamp Challenge. Just click on the photo below and it will take you right to the Simon Says Stamp store..or click here for the challenge blog.
Each week there is a fifty dollar voucher for a lucky random that too :)

The challenge this week is called "Coffee and Cream" how perfect is this for all of you coffee drinkers? I hope my card makes you think of some yummy espresso with some cream on top?
Coffee and Cream
I had so much fun inking this Queen's Anne lace stamp. The Perfect Pearls Mist is what really made my card to come to life. If you want some details read on. First cut your Labels 8 on kraft paper and Labels 14 on white card stock. Distress the Label 8 with Walnut distress ink. (If you use the ink blending tool you will really get a professional appearance on your label.) After distressing label 8 stamp the letter background stamp on it with some Walnut distress ink. Set aside.
Coffee and Cream

Move onto Label 14. Ink up your flower stamp with embossing ink then add some distress ink on top of the embossing ink. I used two colors- Brushed Corduroy and Antique Linen. Once your stamp is layered with the embossing ink and two distress inks stamp onto the Label 14 and use your clear embossing powder and heat set it. Once cool distress the background on the die with Walnut first and add Black Soot on the edges. Use your letter background again and ink it up with Black Soot and stamp it onto the label 14. The real magic happens when you spritz  the image and label with the Perfect Pearls.

Coffee and Cream

Keep in mind the right tools really make your life easier. I hope you have a craft mat and the distressing tool. Until I had that tool... my distressing was awful!Assemble you card and wrap some twine through a vintage button.  Let me know if you have any questions. Scroll down to see the stamps I am giving away this week and thanks so much for your visit today. Hugs, Kathy

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